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Reproduction of gray cicadas
The reproduction of gray cicadas (Cicada orni) starts at the beginning of their short aerial life by the cymbalization of the males. It attracts the females of their species by a specific frequency with synchronized sequences and modulations of weak, high, and sometimes low notes at the limits of perception. The copulation, lasting one to several tens of minutes continuously or with pauses, takes place side by side or abdomen against abdomen. When the pair breaks down, both males and females can mate with new partners. The female gray cicada lays 400 to 600 eggs shortly after mating.
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